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Groninger Mosterdsoep (Mustard Soup from Groningen)

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Groninger Mosterdsoep (Mustard Soup from Groningen)

Groningse Mosterdsoep

Photo © Ellen Schelkers
An American acquaintance once reacted quite shocked when he heard of this soup for the first time: 'Wow, is that similar to stone soup?' he quipped, referring of course to the famous fairytale by the Bros. Grimm. I can see his point... who first thought of making a soup from a condiment anyway? At any rate, this regional speciality from Groningen is delicious, and that's all that counts. I'd like to say a big thank you to Mr. Boom, from Groningen, for sharing his recipe.


  • 1 cup bacon lardons (150 g)
  • 1 medium-sized shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 1/2 tbsp butter (50 g)
  • 1 tbsp grainy Groninger mustard (or other grainy mustard)
  • 1 tbsp smooth Groninger mustard (or other smooth mustard)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup sifted flour (50 g)
  • 4 1/5 cups chicken stock (1 liter)
  • 1/2 cup cream or creme fraiche (100 ml)
  • Salt & pepper
  • freshly chopped chives, cress or sauteed leeks


Fry the bacon in a frying pan until crisp. Allow to drain on kitchen paper. In a separate pot, sautee the shallot in the butter. Add mustard and -seed. Now add the flour and slowly pour in the stock to create a smooth emulsion (called a roux). Allow to cook for a minute or two. Now add the cream. Season and taste. Ladle the soup into bowls or soup plates and garnish with the cripsy bacon bits and freshly chopped chives, cress or sauteed leeks.

Serves 4.

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 5 out of 5
I don't even like mustard!, Member bgail59

I just returned from Groningen where my grandfather lived as a young child and where I had mustard soup. I loved it and chose this recipe to try. I ordered Groninger Mosterd online so it would be as authentic as possible. :) I started with 2 tablespoons of grainy mustard with no smooth mustard. After tasting it, I felt it was a little floury and not mustardy enough, so I added two more tablespoons. The bacon adds the perfect saltiness. I can't wait to make this for family and friends!

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